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Katz Urges Assembly To Act On Bipartisan Veterans Bill

Assemblyman Steve Katz is calling on the Assembly to pass a bill that would allow veterans to buy back up to three years in the state pension system.
Assemblyman Steve Katz is calling on the Assembly to pass a bill that would allow veterans to buy back up to three years in the state pension system. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Steve Katz, R,C-Yorktown, is calling on his colleagues to move Assembly Bill 4313-A out of the Committee on Ways and Means and bring it to the floor for a vote.

The legislation, similar to legislation that passed the Senate unanimously earlier this week, would afford all veterans the ability to buy back up to three years in the state pension system. Currently, this is only afforded to veterans of certain conflicts. This bill passed the Assembly last year with 133 votes but was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo days before Veterans Day.

“We have a bipartisan consensus that this bill is needed,” Katz said.

“We should be moving forward on extending this program to all veterans. These are the brave men and women who answered our country’s call to serve, and then they came home and began working for our state. They’ve dedicated their whole lives to service, and we should repay them properly. I feel this legislation is essential and am proud to be a sponsor of it. Let’s get it to the floor and in the governor’s hands to do the right thing this year.”

In addition to Assembly Bill 4313-A, Katz is the sponsor of Assembly Bill 2590, which would streamline the professional licensing process for the spouses of military members; Assembly Bill 2698, which would establish the "War on Terror Expeditionary Medal," for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving abroad during the war on terror; and Assembly Bill 7396, which would eliminate sporting license fees for honorably discharged veterans.

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